Mind & Spirit | 27 July 2015Magical Basics: 6 Tools of the Trade Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Have you thought about making your life more magical by incorporating spellcraft? Author Sarah Bartlett’s life was changed when she successfully cast a spell to reunite with her lover. In her book Spellcraft for a Magical Year: Rituals and Enchantments for Prosperity, Power and Fortune she writes, “We all want to lead a magical life—one in which we are able to both shape and take responsibility for our destinies. This book reveals how, by simply casting spells that align with the cycles of nature and the universe, you too can begin to manifest your dreams.” Her book contains tips and tricks, in addition to the spells themselves. She emphasizes the importance of working within seasons and celestial cycles. However, magical tools are crucial as well. Here are 6 tools you’ll need to get started. ALTAR It isn’t always possible to have a permanent altar in your home. You can perform most of the spells in this book on a table, but if you can, create a sacred space or corner of a room—even if it’s just a window ledge. You’ll then be ready to practice creative rituals and spells in your special place. Altars usually consist of a flat surface, covered with cloth. A pair of candlesticks, a picture of your favorite deity, and a selection of crystals or magic charms that mean something personally to you can be placed on the altar at the back, with enough room at the front for casting spells. WAND The wand is symbolic of the element Air and is used to point to the spirits of the four directions or to cast a protective circle around you. It can be made from a stick, twig, or even a roll of paper. Be creative and carve your stick with symbols, such as glyphs or runes, or words sacred to you. ATHAME An athame is a ceremonial dagger, with a double-edged blade and usually a black handle. It is associated with the element Fire and is often used as a ritualistic tool for pointing at magical ingredients when saying a charm and directing and channeling psychic energy. Photo from Fair Winds Press CHALICE A chalice is simply a goblet-shaped container. Associated with the element Water, it is often filled with magical ingredients before a spell is cast. The base is symbolic of the material world, the stem of the connection between man and spirit, and the opening of receiving spiritual energy. CAULDRON Cauldrons are simple cooking pots. They are used to combine magical ingredients or as a receptacle for burning away petitions written on paper, once a spell has been set. Representing the element Earth, they symbolize not only the goddess but also the womb. Photo from Fair Winds Press CANDLES Most of the spells in this book use candles. They can be any you particularly like, whether votives, tapers, or tea lights, unless a type is specifically mentioned in the ingredient list. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Draw upon beneficial universal energy at any time in the year to maximize your spell success! Using planetary, solar, and other natural influences, as well as the ancient power of pagan holidays, goddess energy, and traditional festive dates, Spellcraft for a Magical Year gives a month-by-month guide to spells, rituals, and enchantments. This comprehensive almanac by the renowned Sarah Bartlett includes important celebrations. Discover which spells work best on Sabbats, Halloween or All Soul’s Day; as well as days devoted to deities from world spiritual traditions such as Greek Demeter, Hindu Durga, or Persian god, Baal. Spellcraft for a Magical Year reveals specially designed spells and rituals for all major dates to benefit you and your loved ones. Follow step-by-step instructions for performing the rituals, using talismans or amulets, and casting spells around New and Full Moons, solstices, and equinoxes. There is also a unique guide to bewitchments according to the apparent path of the sun through the sky to boost fertility, love, creativity, prosperity and well-being. This eclectic spell book also uses invocations, blessings, talismans and amulets drawn from a wide range of traditional magic practice from around the world, including medieval grimoires, ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian magical tablets, Greco-Roman Magic texts, all completely updated for the modern-day witch. By working with the cycles of nature, you can stay in tune with the rhythms of the universe to help manifest your dreams. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.